Make Your House Smell Great with Easy DIY Simmer Scents for Autumn

autumn simmer scents

Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to make your house smell great? Bring in the warm, comforting aromas of fall by simmering a few household ingredients you may already have on hand! Autumn-inspired simmering potpourri recipes are an easy and inexpensive way to make your house smell seasonally fresh using common household ingredients and WITHOUT the use of harmful chemicals! Because they’re so subtle, they’re especially useful for anyone planning to put their home on the market soon — research shows that potential buyers can find overly complex fragrances too distracting. These natural fragrance recipes are light and clean, a great way to make your house smell welcoming to anyone who visits this fall!

How to Make Autumn Inspired Simmering Potpourri:

Cut up all your ingredients and add to a small saucepan or pot. Add water until ingredients float. Bring to a gentle boil, then immediately turn the heat down to a low simmer and enjoy! Add more water as needed, typically about every 30 minutes (otherwise, you’ll end up with the smell of scorched food wafting through the house–YUCK).

Try these aromatic combinations (measurements don’t have to be exact so adjust according to your taste):


Watkins All Natural Original Gourmet Baking Vanilla, with Pure Vanilla Extract, 11 ounces Bottle, 1 Count (Packaging May Vary)

McCormick Cinnamon Sticks, 8 Ounce (Pack of 1)
  • orange peel, 3 cinnamon sticks, a few whole cloves (these organic cloves smell amazing)
  • sprig of fresh rosemary, teaspoon of vanilla, lemon rind (also known as the famous “Williams Sonoma scent”)

It should probably go without saying, but being the conscientious home stager that I am, I’m going to say it anyway:  don’t leave anything burning on the stove unattended. Another (safer?) alternative is to simmer the entire mixture in a miniature slow cooker, uncovered on the “Low” setting. We like this one:


Crock-Pot 16-Ounce Little Dipper, Chrome

Save your autumn-inspired simmering potpourri mixture in a glass jar in the fridge when you’re done (can last several days). Just reheat the next day to re-scent your home.

Selling a Home Soon?

If you’re selling your home this fall and need more tips on how to freshen up your home,  Three Bears Home Staging can help! Take a look below at how we’re helping homeowners:

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About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging®. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager™ and Certified Expert E-Designer™ and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.


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